It has been another successful day of track and field for Corstorphine AAC at Grangemouth Stadium. Results from the match should be attached to my post.
Highlights for me today included second places for Euan and Ryan in the 100m, Peter's steeplechase debut, Scott's javelin PB, George's continued emergence as a thrower of all things athletic, Callum's middle distance races and BC's new 5,000m PB.
You will be able to see that the results show that we finished with the third highest points total in the division today, just 7 points ahead of Shettleston, who were docked 6 points. This demonstrates that every performance made a difference to the outcome of the match. The match points score was the highest the club has achieved since the reduction of the division from 9 teams, when points allocations were significantly higher. This continues the general trend of improvement over the past 5 years and is one I'd like to continue. Points acquired after 3 matches this season are 581 vs. 594 after the fourth match last year. I'm impressed with our athletes engagement with the competition - particularly with young athletes, sometimes taking their first opportunities to compete at senior level.
I'm very grateful to our volunteer officials, Chris Peggie, Janet Grigor, John Ross, Kirsty MacRuary and Scott Hamilton for giving up their time to ensure that the competition opportunity remains available for all participants from our club, and the thirteen others in two divisions. BC reminds us every year at the AGM that we have a dearth of qualified officials, which heightens the pressure on those graded officials we do have - fewer than half a dozen, to my knowledge. Ally and I are looking into doing the graded officials course but would be delighted to share the travel (and responsibilities!) with anyone else who wanted to go when Scottish Athletics hold a training day.
The next and final match of the season is also at Grangemouth, on Sunday 13th August. The league is close, with 6 league points separating the top 5 teams. Promotion to Division 1 remains mathematically possible, though unlikely and dependant on the performance of other clubs at the last match. The timetable and details of competitions are, as ever, at scottishleague.org.uk. If you are keen to take part, please get in touch, speak with your coach, Ally or myself at the track on training nights.